Cliff Lee has been showcasing his talents to a lot of potential buyers as the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to deal him soon, but he won’t be able to deliver another pitching performance before the trade deadline.
Todd Zolecki, beat writer for the Phillies on MLB.com, reports on Twitter that the left-hander will miss his next start on Saturday with a neck injury.
Cliff Lee has been scratched from tomorrow’s start because of a stiff neck. Raul Vades gets the start.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 26, 2013
Lee has been a bright spot on a Phillies team that has underachieved in a mediocre National League East, holding a 10-4 record with a 3.05 earned run average. The 11-year veteran is ranked 14th in the majors with 131 strikeouts. He’s given up just 22 walks so far this season.
Raul Valdes (his last name is misspelled on Zolecki’s tweet) has been called up previously this season and pitched in 11 games for the Phillies. He holds a 7.59 ERA and has given up five home runs already, the second-most in one season in his career.